2018’s Travel Photographer of the Year Winners

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a person wearing a costume: A selection of some of this year's competition highlights, which show the scope and creativity of travel photography today.

The winners of the 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) awards have been announced, shining a light on the year’s best travel photography from over 140 countries.

a group of people on a beach near a body of water: 1-TPOTY-2018-Win1-SPensotti

Italian photographer Stefano Pensotti was declared the overall winner for his stunning set of images from eight different countries, including Ethiopia, Georgia and Myanmar.

2-TPOTY-2018-Win2-SPensotti

His photos often show observational, intimate moments from daily life, from a man taking a nap in India to a scene of religious devotion in Senegal.

a flock of birds standing on top of a sandy beach: 3-TPOTY-2018-Win3-SPensotti

Dutch photographer Marinka Masséus won the ‘Faces, People, Cultures’ category with her striking, minimalist images of Tanzanian children with albinism. “Ultimately for me, it’s about connecting with people,” she said of the project. “I remember that they, for a brief moment, let me into their lives.”

a person standing in front of a building: 4-TPOTY-2018-Win4-SPensotti

Matjaz Krivic of Slovenia won the ‘Travel Portfolio’ category with his images, which mostly show daily life in Africa and the Middle East. In one, a teenage girl from the Ethiopian Arbore tribe stares into the camera with an ambivalent, shining gaze.

a man standing in front of a building: 5-TPOTY-2018-Win5-SPensotti

Other competition categories include ‘Young Travel Photographer of the Year’ and ‘Hot/Cold’. Prizes include cash bursaries, professional cameras and lenses, Arctic voyages and membership of the Royal Photographic Society. Winning images from this year’s awards will be exhibited in Spring 2019 both across London and internationally.

a group of people swimming in a pool of water: 6-TPOTY-2018-Win6-SPensotti

Travel Photographer of the Year was started in 2003 by professional photographer Chris Coe, and now receives over 20,000 entries from photographers in 22 countries.

a painting of a person: 7-TPOTY-2018-Win7-SPensotti

We’ve chosen a selection of some of this year’s stunning competition highlights, which show the scope and creativity of travel photography today.

a person posing for the camera: 8-TPOTY-2018-Win8-SPensotti
a close up of a mans face: 33-Faces-2018-Win1-MMasseus
a person sitting on a bench: 37-Faces-2018-RU1-TLaw
a man standing on a sidewalk: 41-Faces-2018-HC4-TZaidi
a person sitting on the side of a building: 45-Faces-2018-Com1-SOConnell
a woman wearing a costume: 49-Faces-2018-BSI-Win-DYSWong
a sign on the side of a mountain: 50-Faces-2018-BSI-SM1-BMcRae
51-Faces-2018-BSI-SM2-RYong
a person posing for the camera: 52-Faces-2018-BSI-SM3-VAlexseev
a close up of a fence: 53-Faces-2018-BSI-SM4-ETekaropian
a person sitting on a bench in front of a building: 54-Faces-2018-BSI-SM5-RYong
55-Faces-2018-BSI-SM6-ADeville
a close up of Arlenis Sosa: 78-Travel-2018-Win1-MKrivic
a group of people on a beach: 79-Travel-2018-Win2-MKrivic
80-Travel-2018-Win3-MKrivic
81-Travel-2018-Win4-MKrivic
a person sitting in front of a building: 82-Travel-2018-Win5-MKrivic
a person sitting in a boat on a body of water: 83-Travel-2018-Win6-MKrivic
84-Travel-2018-Win7-MKrivic
a group of people standing on top of a grass covered field: 85-Travel-2018-Win8-MKrivic
a group of people walking in the snow: 121-HotCold-2018-Win-HJian
a group of people that are standing in the snow: 122-HotCold-2018-RU1-PLHarvey
a bird swimming in water: 123-HotCold-2018-RU2-AJames
a close up of a white wall: 124-HotCold-2018-HC1-SDutta
a snow covered mountain: 125-HotCold-2018-HC2-JHolko
a blurry image of some water: 84-Travel-2018-Win7-MKrivic
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